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From the Persian Gulf to the Coral Sea: Your Marines around the globe this week

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This week, Marines around the world are battling drug trafficking in Guatemala, training with Dutch, British and Spanish counterparts in western Africa, and providing embassy security in Libya, along with a host of other forward-deployed missions.

Here are the latest available status of forces totals:

Active duty: 195, 231
Selected Marine Corps Reserve: 39, 984
–Reservists on active duty: 2,266

Featured photo of the week: A Marine assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit signs autographs for children at a cultural exchange community service program at Bidau Akadiru-hun school in Dili, Timor-Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christopher Lindahl)

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Status of Forces update: your Marines around the globe

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Marine Corps as of Aug. 16

Active duty: 194,656
Selected Marine Corps Reserve: 40,288
–Reservists on active duty: 2,330

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Featured exercise: Africa Endeavor 2013, featuring reservists from every military service and troops from 38 African countries completing communications exercises and training in Zambia. Check it out!

U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Rodney Del Ross, communications officer, 6th Communications Battalion, marches during the opening ceremony of Exercise Africa Endeavor 2013, Aug. 7, 2013 at the Zambia Army Headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia. Ross is one of several Reserve and National Guard augmentees on the continent for the exercise. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Zach Sheely/RELEASED)


Marine Corps Times deployment map

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Check out what Marines are up to around the world, as of Aug. 7:

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Talisman Saber, Skydiving, Bridge building: your Marines around the globe

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Active duty: 194,461
Selected Marine Corps Reserve: 39,325
–Reservists on active duty: 2, 266

Marines around the world are conducting training, combat, and partnership operations from Alaska to Bulgaria this week. Here are some photo highlights of their work around the globe. Click on the map to see many more!

A CH-53E Sea Stallion deploys an improved ribbon bridge while Marines with Bridge Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group, conducted an IRB training exercise aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 16, 2013. Five IRBs were transported and delivered by a CH-53E Sea Stallion and dropped into Oceanside harbor. Being one of only two bridge companies in the Marine Corps, it was the first time for the West Coast battalion to have the IRB deployed in this manner. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy Childers/Released)

Marines with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command freefall during a High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) training exercise at an airfield in North Carolina, July 8, 2013. The Marines conducted the HALO jump to reinforce the skills employed to safely complete the exercise. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Steven Fox/Released)

Lance Cpl. Manuel Carrion, a combat engineer attached to Company E., Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, patrols with his squad during an aerial assault as a part of Talisman Saber 2013, here, July 21. The Marines and Sailors of the 31st MEU and Amphibious Squadron 11 are part of an integrated force of approximately 18,000 U.S. service members training alongside approximately 9,000 Australian service members in the fifth iteration of Talisman Saber 2013, a month-long biennial exercise designed to enhance multilateral collaboration in support of future combined operations, natural disaster, humanitarian and emergency response. The 31st MEU is the Marine Corps’ force in readiness for the Asia Pacific region and the only continuously forward-deployed MEU. (Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Codey Underwood)

A U.S. Marine playing the role of an aggressor looks throug his visor filled with residue from simulated oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray during an OC familiarization course aboard Mihail Kogalniceanu Military Base, Romania, June 13, 2013. BSRF-13 is slated to conduct military engagements operations with approximately 21 different nations during its six-month deployment while serving as a crisis contingency force for the Black Sea, Baltic, and Balkans region. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. David Rakes,Sr./released)


Shipboard shooting drills and chariot races: What Marines are doing around the world

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Status of forces (as of May 30)

Active duty: 194,326

Selected Reserve: 39,398

Reservists on active duty: 2,417

Check out these sweet photos of Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) completing advanced driven combat drills in the South China Sea. Members of FAST are the guys who deployed to Libya in the wake of the Benghazi attacks on Sept. 11, 2012. They’re now training in the Pacific and conducting exercises and port visits to promote security and stability in the region.

Lance Cpl. Joshua Babcock, assigned to Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Pacific (FASTPAC) fires an M-9 pistol during an advanced driven combat drill aboard the U.S 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). Blue Ridge is on patrol in the South China Sea with Marines from FASTPAC and embarked U.S. 7th Fleet staff. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rafael Figueroa Medina/Navy)


Machinery Repairman Fireman Gabriel Donovan relays a message to the repair locker during a damage control drill aboard the U.S 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19). Blue Ridge is on patrol in the South China Sea. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Rafael Figueroa Medina/Navy)

Elsewhere, Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines deactivated aboard Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii as part of the ongoing force restructuring taking place throughout the Marine Corps. The Battalion had its deactivation ceremony May 21. Most Marines who were with the unit will transfer to other batteries in the battalion.

Marines and sailors of Echo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment present Capt. Morris Sharber Jr., commanding officer of Echo Battery, 2nd Bn., 12th Marines with a gift after the battery’s deactivation ceremony at Dewey Square, May 21, 2013. (Kristen Wong/Marine Corps)

And in Japan, the 3rd Marine Logistics Group celebrated its 55th anniversary with a huge motivational run aboard Camp Kinser, pugil stick battles, and horseless chariot races. The Grecian helmets are a nice touch.

Marines and sailors compete in a chariot race May 24 during the 3rd Marine Logistics Group 55th anniversary celebration at Camp Kinser. Marines and sailors competed in various events at the field meet, such as pugil stick bouts, obstacle course relays, a tug-of-war challenge and volleyball tournament. The Marines and sailors are with 3rd MLG, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
(Lance Cpl. Jose Lujano/Marine Corps)

For more on what Marines are doing around the world, visit our status of forces map.


From Kangaroo Flats to kayaks in the south of France: Your Marines around the globe

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Take a look at what Marines are doing around the globe in our newly updated Status of Forces map! Highlights include:

  • Marines in Darwin, Australia conducting squad-attack exercises at a place called “Kangaroo Flats”
  • Some lucky Marines doing coalition exercises with French partners in kayaks in the Mediterranean
  • Urban crisis contingency training with local counterparts at Mihail Kogalniceanu Military Base, Romania.

Major moves:

  • About 160 reserve troops from Camp Lejeune’s R4OG (Retrograde and Redeployment in Support of Reset and Reconstitution Operations Group) deployed to Afghanistan this month, replacing an R4OG from Camp Pendleton.
  • About 200 Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force–Crisis Response, based at Moron Air Base, Spain, move to Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily due to growing unrest in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.
  • About 350 Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force–Crisis Response train at Morón Air Base to support U.S. Africa Command.

Total status of forces:

  • Active duty: 193,957
  • Selected reserve: 39,589
    • Reservists on active duty: 2,457

Check out our full status of forces map here. And if you don’t see your unit represented, shoot me an email at


Your Marines around the globe: status of forces this week

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Status of Forces (as of April 19)

Active duty: 194,370

Selected Reserve: 39,705

  • Reservists on active duty: 2,477

It’s been awhile since we did a blog update on the status of forces around the Marine Corps, but we’re going to start in again on making this a weekly feature. The positions above are as of April 19.

Of note, the 26th Marine Expeditionary Units and 15th MEU are moving through their areas of operations, with the 26th MEU’s Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group near the Gulf of Aden, at the eastern tip of Africa, and the 15th MEU’s Peleliu ARG near in a port call to Hong Kong that began April 15.

The recently deployed Black Sea Rotational Force 13 has troops in Latvia and Romania, where they will be doing contingency and training operations, as well as some humanitarian and goodwill work.

Read more about the deployment here.

Meanwhile, a large contingent of Marines in Morocco are preparing to head back home–after months of training working up to exercise African Lion 2013, the whole exercise was cancelled in a dispute over UN human rights monitors in Western Sahara. Read all about that here.

The deployment photo of the week is from Black Sea Rotational Force 13, where Marines recently enjoyed some local performances while in the country of Georgia:

Georgian Performers entertain U.S. Marines and sailors with Black Sea Rotational Force 13 and soldiers with the Republic of Georgia Army’s 23rd Infantry Battalion during a culture day performance during the closing ceremony for Exercise Agile Spirit 13 aboard Vaziani Airfield, Republic of Georgia, March 30, 2013. Agile Spirit aims to enhance our professional military capacity and increase our interoperability.(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael Dye/released)

Click around the map to find out what other things your Marines are up to.


Marine Corps Times map as of Oct. 5

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The Marine Corps Times interactive map showing what Marines are doing around the world has been updated with new information provided by public affairs for the week ending Oct. 5.

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Marine Corps Times map goes interactive

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Last week, while following the coverage of all the unrest in the world after the attacks on U.S. embassies, I came across this map that showed where protests were happening globally.

I was reminded of our Marine Corps Times deployment map, and thought we should illustrate that information the same way.

Every employee here at Marine Corps Times has spent their fair share of time gathering information on where Marines are around the world. But I always thought it was something that would be especially cool if it was digital — something that allowed our readers to interact with the information more.

So here’s our first run at showing where Marines are all over the globe in a digital format. I’m going to work to develop this further, putting photos, videos and story links into the boxes to illustrate what it is Marines are out there doing week-to-week.

If you have suggestions on how we can make it better, we’d love to hear them. We’ll be working on making adjustments to this every week just like we do in the paper. Only in a digital space, we have more freedom to experiment.

Please feel free to email your thoughts or ideas to

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Source: Marine Corps Public Affairs